There are some things that cause confusion and perhaps need to be updated. The last two lines:
Only CD version: Apply Win98/Me compatibility mode on the FHSW desktop icon if everything fails, the downsides are longer loading times, lower resolution and Punkbuster problems.
There has to be better advice than that. People shouldn't have to resort to Win98/Me compatibility mode. Could someone who fits these criteria come forward:
- Has Windows 7 or newer;
- The game loads the maps and runs the maps OK and almost never crashes to desktop (not including "Disconnected from server" on some maps), except when a browser or video player or other programs are on, or when Alt-Tabbing (which are known to cause game crashes sometimes);
- Is able to set resolutions higher than 800x600;
- Loading time is not excessively high for that hardware;
If you fit these criteria, could you please share exactly which Windows version you have and what settings you use for running FHSW (what patches you installed, any compatibility mode you use, etc.)? For example, I know eYe is able to play on Win 7 64bit with no compatibility mode and load maps in less than a minute (although I don't know if he has any game crash problems). Specifically, it would be helpful if you can tell us what is needed to be able to load maps and play normally under Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 with no compatibility mode on. Then hopefully we can have some good general advice for everyone trying to install the game.
Very long loading times up to 3 minutes for a map. The higher your RAM the faster it loads.
This is not good advice. In fact, the game with this mod takes less than 2GB of the memory, so you just want to have that much free physical memory when you start the game. 3GB or 4GB of installed RAM should be enough. Having any more than that won't have any effect. I think nowadays almost everyone has at least 3GB RAM, so almost no one should see their game loading slowed down due to insufficient physical memory. A worthwhile advice would be to have a recent generation CPU with a high maximum (Turbo) frequency. So I would put the advice this way:
Very long loading times up to 3 minutes for a map. For faster loading it is recommended to have at least 4GB of RAM and a CPU of a newer generation and a higher maximum (Turbo) frequency.